After the Sutherland Springs, Texas, mass shooting, the press immediately leapt to conclusions about gun control. But they should have been seeking rationale for 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley’s actions in a series of red flags that were, in retrospect, obvious to anyone. Here’s the list.
1. He Tried To Date Underage Girls. Very Underage Girls. According to The New York Post, Kelley dated a 13-year-old when he was 18 and later reportedly “suggested she live with him and his wife as a topless maid.” That then-13-year-old also claimed that Kelley essentially stalked her.
2. He Was Court Martialed For Domestic Violence. More specifically, Kelley reportedly was convicted for fracturing the skull of his infant stepson and assaulting his then-wife. She divorced him; he remarried.
3. He Was Arrested For Animal Cruelty. According to El Paso County Sheriff’s Office records, Kelley was arrested at a Colorado Springs RV park for punching a dog, throwing it, and dragging it. He was given probation after an hour-long standoff with police resulted in his arrest.
4. He Threatened His Mother-In-Law. He was apparently on the outs with his wife, and he had exchanged threatening texts with his mother-in-law. His mother-in-law attended the church where Kelley conducted the massacre.
Yet despite all of this, Kelley was able to buy four guns in the past four years. Federal law prohibits the ownership of a gun after a conviction for domestic violence, and according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, “he was not supposed to have access to a gun.”